Sat, 17 Feb 2007
Chet's idea - training for charity
At SDTconf, there was a session on
how to improve skills. It is too easy for people to come into a job
not knowing enough and then get stuck at that level. Perhaps they
deserve being stuck; perhaps they should be studying on their
own. Nevertheless, they aren't, and their lack of skill sometimes
really successful Agile projects from forming.
What to do, given that your typical 2-3 day course delivers some
knowledge and some motivation, but not skill?
Chet Hendrickson had an idea. This is how I remember it:
Find a deserving charity that needs software. Some stable
organization (such as the Agile Alliance) offers to build it for
them. The charity has to promise to be involved: onsite
customer, for example. The project would have to be located
where the charity is.
The project would be started and anchored by people who really
Corporations, especially big ones, contribute to
charities. Sometimes they contribute the time of some of their
people. We'd be asking them to contribute two weeks of the time
of software people to our project.
Those people join the project at staggered one week intervals
(so that each week has some "old timers" and some new people).
They learn by doing.
I'd like to be involved in this, but I don't see myself starting it
## Posted at 05:24 in category /agile